BAITAcinema, Beijing, China by BaO Architects

Ephemeral amphitheater installation in an old hotong community with ambiguity of private public spaces to provoke public activities.

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BAITA电影院是一个为北京2016设计周建造的临时活动广场,项目位于白塔寺历史区域,由BaO建筑事务所和法国驻中国大使馆合作完成。双方计划以这个项目为起点,将这处庭院改造成永久性的文化活动空间。

The BAITAcinema is an ephemeral activation of a small courtyard located in the historical Baitasi district in Beijing. Realized for the Beijing Design Week 2016, the project is in fact the first step in a longer-term strategy that BaO architects is undertaking with the French Embassy in China to transform this courtyard into a permanent cultural space for collective and shared actions.

▼项目概览,overall view of the project

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项目的核心部分是设置于现有建筑之间的木制露天剧场,将室内外空间联系在一起,彻底改变人们对空间的感受。在这个剧场装置的影响下,居民的生活将被激活,新旧事物之间发生碰撞,引发丰富的活动。曾经传统的居住空间被赋予了新的功能,拥有了更多的发展潜力。

The core gesture of the project was the construction of a wooden amphitheater within the existing layout of the house. Invading both outdoor and indoor spaces and entirely transforming the visitor’s experience of the place, the installation purposely provokes its vernacular host and creates accidental encounters or spatial events between the new and the old. It opens up a new range of usages, postures and potentials in a space that was considered a straightforward traditional residential space.

▼露天剧场,amphitheater

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BaO的建筑介入旨在创造活动空间的同时,提供社会政治方面的利益。设计将公共生活,社区环境和居民聚会以传统的方式结合在一起,加强了中国家庭内部的关系纽带。历史建筑的改造往往会受制于文化自豪感和怀旧之情而变得束手束脚,在这个项目中建筑师尝试突破传统的限制,采用明确的设计策略,在小空间中寻找可能性,大胆利用历史元素,不局限于设计本身,使胡同发生了积极向上的变化。

BaO’s architectural intervention focused on the desire and the possibility to create a spatial event that would enable a socio-political one. In essence, the amphitheater proposed to create a space that is traditionally associated with public life, community space, and civic gathering, within a setting that epitomizes domesticity and the intimacy of the Chinese family life. This cadavre exquis approach was a conscious architectural tactic to trigger an optimistic and progressive outlook on the opportunities of Beijing’s Hutongs’ renewal. It is uninhibited in its design, celebrates the possibilities of smallness, and is bold in its attitude toward its historical setting. It tries to break away from conventional and somewhat too polite approaches to historical district regeneration that is unfortunately too often associated with cultural pride and nostalgia.

▼露天剧场中的各种活动,activities in the amphitheater

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项目遵循“开放原则”,创造了一个公私模糊的空间,以将公共活动引入社区的中心。这里是一个灵活可变的装置,一个开放的文化平台,一个鼓励集体活动的基础建设,它为人们提供相遇的机会,胡同的居民和设计周的游客可以在这里休息,看电影,讨论城市生活中的各种问题,帮助并参与到艺术活动和创意工作中去,共同享受项目带来的快乐。

The project and its associated “open-door policy” created a ambiguity between private public space that was intended as a way to signal the coming creation of a public-oriented program in the heart of the neighborhood. It was designed as an open cultural platform, a flexible artifact, an infrastructure that enables gatherings and celebrates collective actions. The ambition of the pop-up BAITAcinema was to create moments of encounter and shared pleasure where the hutongs community and the design week visitors alike can relax, watch a movie together, attend and participate in a variety of discussion on the city, assist to performances and artistic happenings, and participate in creative workshops.

▼露天剧场与室内的联系,connection between the amphitheater and the interior

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▼室内活动空间,indoor activity room

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▼从室内看向室外,view from the interior

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两周间,BAITA电影院连续不断地在一个室外屏幕上放映了老中国电影,纪录片,默片,儿童电影,演讲,脱口秀,工作坊和中法环境月纪录片节选等内容,获得了巨大成功。今年冬天,BaO建筑事务所将和法国驻中国大使馆,当地政府及社区一起探讨如何将这片区个庭院永久改造成文化活动空间,并计划于2017年春天正式开工。

The BAITAcinema program ran successfully for 2 consecutive weeks with a screening program intermingling old Chinese movies, documentaries, silent movies, children cinema, lectures, talks, workshops, and a special Sino-French Environment Month documentaries selection. BaO architects, alongside the French Embassy, local authorities, and the local community, will work on the formulation of the long-term project for the courtyard during this winter with the intention to start construction in the spring 2017.

▼露天电影,outdoor cinema

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▼平面图,plan

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▼透视图,perspective

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Credits: BAO ARCHITECTS
Designer: Benjamin Beller
Sponsors and Partners: China’s French Embassy, Artistic cooperation service of Beijing’s French Institute, Beijing Huarong Jinying Investment & Development Co. Ltd., Beijing Design Week, JML, ENTRE, CPYA, GEJIANZHU

Drawings: BaO Architects
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Chinese text: gooood

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